If you're familiar with current NGSS work you know the use of phenomena is a big deal. The issues in SEPUP's units are like anchoring phenomena only with more connections. It is not just an event or process that links scientific ideas - it is a connected issue relevant to students' lives and anchored in real-world events. These issues connect the why for students, "Why does this matter?" "Why does the study of science have unique value?"

Issue-oriented science forms the foundation of SEPUP’s curriculum materials and it is the only secondary science program to do so. For more details on issue-based curriculum, check out this article in NSTA's, The Science Teacher

SEPUP has now released three more of these issue-based programs for its Issues and Science, Third Edition series, revised for the NGSS: Weather and Climate; Body Systems, and From Cells to Organisms. These units use embedded anchoring and investigative phenomena to address: 

  • How does the weather affect people and how do people affect the climate? 
  • How do we know if a medicine is safe and effective? 
  • How should we prevent the spread of an infectious disease? 

Go to for detailed information on these and SEPUP's other Third Edition units including storylines, related phenomena, learning pathways, NGSS and Common Core alignment, unit overviews, and sample student and teacher page selections